General Debate 26/04/11

AN OUTSPOKEN Christian campaigner has caused outrage on Twitter by saying Australian soldiers did not fight and die for gays and Muslims. “Just hope that as we remember Servicemen and women today we remember the Australia they fought for – wasn’t gay marriage and Islamic!”, Australian Christian Lobby managing director, Jim Wallace AM, tweeted.

The retired brigadier’s comment reflects the ACL’s aim to have Christian values implemented in Government and caused an immediate reaction on the social-networking site.

“@JimWallaceACL What they fought for was freedom from prejudice and persecution. For all Australians!” said one outraged Tweeter. Another tweeted: “Jim Wallace of the Australian Christian Lobby should be ashamed, using ANZAC day to push a homophobic and racist agenda.”

About an hour after he posted the Tweet, Mr Wallace apologised. “Ok you are right my apologies this was the wrong context to raise these issues. ANZACs mean to (sic) much to me to demean this day, not intended.” When contacted by the Herald Sun Mr Wallace said he was sorry to have posted the comments today. “I unreservedly apologise for sending that out,” Mr Wallace said.

He said he was moved to tweet about Australia and his beliefs after talking to his father, who served in World War II. “I’m sitting here with my 96-year-old father, a veteran of Tobruk,” he said. “He’s telling me he can’t recognise the Australia he fought for.”

Mr Wallace and the Australian Christian Lobby have campaigned against gay marriage in the past. He said he expected people to take “advantage” of his comments on Twitter to “score a point”, but said he meant no offence on a day that means a lot to many Australians – including him. “I had no intention to offend anyone on Anzac Day,” he said.

Mr Wallace’s stance on gay marriage has remained unchanging since an interview with Tony Jones on ABC’s Lateline program in 2008. “We’re always presented with inflated figures from the homosexual lobby, which for year(sic) told us it was 10 per cent of the population. We now know it’s around two per cent,” he said then. “That now, we are not in a position and we shouldn’t be in a position of democracy where we over turn, compromise a fundamental institution in society for that small a percentage of the population.”

Mr Wallace was a career soldier for 32 years and a commander of Australia’s elite Special Forces. In 1984 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services in developing Australia’s counter terrorist capability.

Source- Courier Mail



Categories: Australian Politics, Culture, General Debate

8 replies

  1. That’s another one biting the cultural marxist dust. The guy makes a perfectly legit comment and is pretty much forced into retrieving it. As he said, soldiers fight and die for principles. They are proud of their society and culture and they want to keep it free from outside interference. They fight for stability and continuity. They are so keen to preserve what’s there that they are prepared to lay down their lives for it.
    No politician has ever said to soldiers going to war: “you go out to fight and die, and in the meantime we’ll introduce gay marriage and import as many of our potential or even current enemies as we can find”. No, the rhetoric is always about protecting values and principles, about fighting for king and country, never about dying for some vague progressive notion.

    This case just goes to show the enormous pressure that is now on people to stick with the progressive liberal theme. What is wrong with saying you are against gay marriage or unbridled islamisation? The problems with both are more than evident, why can’t there be reasonable debate, and must any comment be smothered in PC drivel? Because there’s no valid counter argument, that’s why.

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  2. Great comment, Bez. But a very large part of our current situation is that people who state self-evident truths which run counter to the current pieties instantly backpedal and apologize in the face of attacks from the left.
    Without people prepared to state the truth and stand stubbornly by what they say in the face of vitriolic attacks, we’re lost.

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  3. Jim Wallace understands that Australians, like Kiwis, are getting exactly what they’ve voted for over the last 40 years.

    The really important societal changing stuff could easily be put to a (new system) binding referendum.
    It’ll never happen, the LabLib / LabNat Establishment know the result.
    Any such referendum in Australia would shut down “3rd world” immigration overwhelmingly and at the speed of light.
    Dunno about in NZ , having more cowed thumbsuckers per square metre than OZ as it does.

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  4. Bez,

    “No, the rhetoric is always about protecting values and principles, about fighting for king and country, never about dying for some vague progressive notion.”

    If you change ONE little word in your above sentence the justification for correctly villifying BOTH “Queer Marriage” AND “Islam” within Western societies is made simple:
    Replace the word “king” with “God” – God’s word, the Bible, makes it clear that both Islam and Homosexual Marriage are against biblical values. And therefore, on the same basis, they are both the enemy of societies founded upon Judeo-Christian principles AND the God behind those principles.

    If I ever had to go to war I would be fighting for “God and country”.

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  5. Yeah read that erikter, wouldn’t surprise me one bit. Ethnic diversity and all that. Why not some input from the culturally enriching Al Qaida?

    This is the bit that got me- liars!

    Andrew Marr later told the newspaper: “The BBC is not impartial or neutral. It’s a publicly funded, urban organisation with an abnormally large number of young people, ethnic minorities and gay people.

    “It has a liberal bias not so much a party-political bias. It is better expressed as a cultural liberal bias.”

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  6. For anyone who doesn’t get it.
    Despite the ongoing MSM attempt to obfuscate his position as a “Special Forces vagueness”…..

    Jim was Commanding Officer Australian Special Air Service Regiment.

    One serious operator.

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